Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Frank Kattner, who is at the head of the Leader Bakery Company, at 354 Main Street, Salinas, was born in Prussia, Germany, December 13, 1879. At the age of fourteen, when it is generally customary there for a boy to decide his course in life, he was apprenticed to a baker for three years, to learn the trade and having mastered it he followed that occupation in his native land for two years.

In 1899, when a young man of twenty, Frank Kattner crossed the ocean and made his way across the continent. At San Francisco he worked as a baker for four years and in 1903 came to Pacific Grove, where he entered the employ of J. R. Miller, the baker and when the Vinchet Bakery was started, he assumed charge, acting as manager for seven years. In 1910 he came to Salinas and bought out the Mullally Bakery on Main Street but when the building burned he lost all that he owned. In 1912 Joe Adcock, owner of the property, erected a new building on the site, this affording Mr. Kattner an opportunity to start in business again and he did so well that in 1914 he bought the building. He called the place the Leader Bakery, from the fact that it was the leader of its line in the town and he justified the name with a modern, fully-equipped plant and a staff of three thoroughly experienced employees. When he opened a shop in Salinas, he baked thirty loaves of bread every other day and now his output is some two thousand loaves daily.

Frank Kattner was united in marriage, at Salinas, in 1913, to Miss Elizabeth Klute, of San Francisco, and their union has been made happier by the birth of three children, Frances Eleanor, Selma and Robert Adolph Kattner. Mr. Kattner is a home loving man but he is also fond of fraternal life, and is a member of both Salinas Lodge, No. 614, B. P. O. E., and Alisal Lodge, No. 163, I. O. O. F. His is a creditable record, starting out in the business world empty handed, he has steadily worked his way upward and is now at the head of a profitable enterprise while his honorable methods have gained him the respect of all.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.